A customer, who goes by “Lucas @chillisauceabc” on Twitter, snapped a photo of a poster detailing a new accommodation deployed at Burger Kings in Indonesia.
The poster announces using picture menus. Such things would accommodate non-verbal, verbally impaired and hearing impaired customers and employees.
Surely the customer wished to applaud this move by the fast food giant, right?
Sorry, but no.
Lucas took to social media to lodge his complaint:
The caption reads:
“Should I respect burger king to do this or should I said is this a marketing strategic shi* to get our empathy?”
The picture menu doesn’t affect Lucas’ ability to order his meal. Why so pressed about other people getting the chance to order their own food or get a job?
And that’s pretty much how Burger King Indonesia felt too.
They clapped right back at Lucas @chillisauceabc in their response:
Unfortunately in Indonesia and many other parts of the world, this sort of attitude is sadly very common. In the United States it took passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for people to have equal access to work, school, housing and other essentials of daily life.
As The Independent reported:
“…a study carried out by the University of Indonesia discovered those with disabilities in the country only have a 64.9 percent chance of getting a job.”
As for the rest of Twitter, they fell into two camps:
Those who were firmly Team Burger King and just wanted to thank the restaurant chain…
OMG NYLE 🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽 pic.twitter.com/RqtUxJ4hTW
— BurgerKing Indonesia (@BurgerKing_ID) September 7, 2019
Cause we’re da real flame-grill
— BurgerKing Indonesia (@BurgerKing_ID) September 6, 2019
— Dallan ❼ (@captaincatbug7) September 6, 2019
…and those who were absolutely not having Lucas’ bull.
Local man shocked to find out deaf people exist and work
— tash ✇ (@immortalbanner) September 7, 2019
you do realize that it’s illegal to deny a person a job solely because of a disability right? if there’s a way to accommodate them in the work place then they must be considered just the same as any able bodied applicants and judged based on qualifications
— Kim ⎊ ⧗ (@tonystarkscrocs) September 5, 2019
As a deaf person, it’s extremely uplifting and heartwarming to see more and more companies every day making accommodations for us to be able to provide for ourselves. If you think otherwise, then you can start paying my bills since you don’t think deaf people should work 🤷🏻♀️
— Jaime Johanna (@jaimejking) September 7, 2019
Yes hiring disabled people=pity
You could have just written “I’m a bigot,” Lucas
— Laura Dorwart, Ph.D. (@laurawritesit) September 8, 2019
No they just hired a qualified person that happens to be deaf. They made the red sign to help you and not them. And the big one is so that you’d learn to be polite in another language. It’s not rocket science
— j (@preiderator) September 6, 2019
You really thought you did something luv …pic.twitter.com/xFItClRz9O
— BLACKPINK FULL ALBUM (@Hopenot__) September 6, 2019
— kanyeezus (-47%) (@prncssbuttaface) September 6, 2019
So what did we learn today?
Two things: not being insensitive to the disabled is easy and being quiet is absolutely free.
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